Coop secy awarded two years RI for taking Rs 1,000 bribe


Sambalpur: A special vigilance court in Bolangir district on Monday sentenced the secretary of a service co-operative society to two years rigorous imprisonment after convicting him in a bribery case.

Special vigilance judge Debasish Nayak also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict, Somanath Sahu, secretary of service co-operative society in Subarnapur district. Failure to pay the fine will invite additional rigorous imprisonment of six months, the court said.

Sahu was arrested for allegedly accepting Rs 1,000 bribe from Dilip Nayak of Rambha Sindhol village under Tarva police limits in Subarnapur district. Sahu had demanded the bribe from the complainant to hand over a cheque of  Rs 13,960 towards the sale of paddy at Sibtola Mandi. On completion of the investigation, the vigilance had filed a charge sheet against the accused.

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